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Napalm, Big Health Insurance, and Divestment

Rob Stone M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rob Stone M.D.

We need to move beyond shareholder resolutions and begin building a divestment campaign against health insurers like the one aimed at American corporations doing business with South Africa's apartheid government.

Ask the Chamber of Commerce: Why Is Too Much Not Enough?

Bill Moyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Living in these United States, there comes a point at which you throw your hands up in exasperation and despair and ask a fundamental question: how much excess profit does corporate America really need?

The Coming Battle of the Ritz Carlton

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Insurance executives are not here to negotiate or to shape legislation. They are here to stop health care reform dead in its tracks. They will not be "convinced" to allow health care reform to pass the Congress.

'Wellpoint Would Be A Primary Beneficiary' If Health Care Reform Fails: Report

Ezra Klein | Ezra Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

"Of course, healthcare reform is a double-edged sword for Wellpoint shares. Should reform fail, Wellpoint would be a primary beneficiary." That comes...

Wellpoint: Health Care Reform Failure Would Benefit Insurance Company

Washington Post | Ezra Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

"Of course, healthcare reform is a double-edged sword for Wellpoint shares. Should reform fail, Wellpoint would be a primary beneficiary." That comes ...

The Wellpoint Effect

John McDonough | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John McDonough

As in Massachusetts, if national health reform happens, we will witness the launch of a long term, serious national conversation about rising health care costs and what to do about them. There's still no magic bullet.


The Colorado Independent | digg_url = 'Http:// | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

As Washington again debated health reform last week, Coloradans enrolled in insurance giant WellPoint's Anthem individual group plan reeled from a 19....

Consumer Watchdog Sues Anthem Blue Cross Over Policy Changes

AP | SHAYA TAYEFE MOHAJER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — A consumer watchdog group filed a lawsuit Monday against California's largest for-profit health insurer on behalf of policyholders...

Internal Anthem Blue Cross Memo Says Patients Must "Push Back" To Get a Liver Transplant, Will Congress Push Back?

Jamie Court | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamie Court

While Anthem Blue Cross/Wellpoint executives were defending their outrageous premium increases this week, an internal company protocol surfaced that proved the insurer is as heartless as it is greedy.

Jerry Brown Subpoenas Documents From Health Insurers

AP | ROBIN HINDERY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Attorney General Jerry Brown subpoenaed financial records from the state's seven largest health insurance compan...

Waxman: Anthem Blue Cross Spent $27M On 103 Executive Retreats

AP | ALAN FRAM and ERICA WERNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

WASHINGTON — The House has voted to repeal the health insurance industry's exemption from federal antitrust laws, giving Democrats an easy win o...

The Tragedy of a Healthcare Crusader, Part One

Jeanine Molloff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeanine Molloff

Melanie died from breast cancer on January 30th. More specifically, she died most probably from delayed treatment and policy rescission caused by her insurer: Wellpoint.

WellPoint Raising Premium Rates By Double Digits In At Least 11 States, Report Says | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

If Democrats move to pass health care reform after tomorrow's summit, their newfound momentum can be at least partly attributed to WellPoint's decisio...

Anthem Blue Cross: State Regulator Finds More Than 700 Violations

AP | ROBIN HINDERY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles


The Ugly Face of Corporate Health Insurance

Bill Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Baker

Polls say that a slight majority of Americans like their health insurance and don't want to be part of a government system. But Medicare recipients love its free care.

Anthem Blue Cross Faces First Public Hearing Over Premium Hike

AP | ROBIN HINDERY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers grilled Anthem Blue Cross executives on Tuesday about their plan to boost individual insurance premium...

Ephram Nehme Sues Anthem Blue Cross For Automatically Denying 'Medically Necessary Liver Transplant'

The Huffington Post | Adam J. Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Ephram Nehme wanted to visit a doctor. Turns out he also needed to hire a lawyer. His trial begins today in a Los Angeles courtroom, where Nehme is a...

Health Care Costs: A Look Into WellPoint's Profits

AP | By TOM MURPHY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business


Huge Compensation Packages Should Be Approved by Stockholders

Michael Blumenfield, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Blumenfield, M.D.

The owners of the company should have something to say before executives are given multimillion dollar compensations. You would think that this would be the case now.

WellPoint Directors Cash Large Options After 39% Rate Hike Proposal

Indy Star | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Three WellPoint board members have collected a combined $625,517 in gains from stock options in the Indianapolis-based health insurance giant as the c...

Did Filibuster Reform Lead Sen. Bayh to Quit?

Michael Kieschnick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Kieschnick

Bayh blamed lack of bipartisanship for his decision, but of all the potential reasons for his leaving the senate, this one is the most likely to be bogus.

Evan Bayh's Very Long 2009

Matt Sledge | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Sledge

More than Bayh's dimming political prospects, my guess is that what got to Bayh was the distinctly personal tone of the attacks on his wife, Susan.

The Greed Olympics: Banks and Insurers Battle for the Gold

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Peter Dreier

As the Greed Olympics heats up, it is time for Americans to stop being spectators. The President and Congress shouldn't be the only ones judging the competition and handing out the medals.

Anthem Individual Health Insurance Prices -- Worse Than Reported

Hava Volterra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Hava Volterra

Anthem Blue Cross is raising rates this year on its California individual insurance plans by up to 39%. It's all over the news and Congress is investigating.

WellPoint Rate Hike: Insurer Blames 'Demographics' For 39% Premium Increase In California

AP | TOM MURPHY and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

INDIANAPOLIS — Health insurer WellPoint blames the Great Recession and rising medical costs for its planned 39 percent rate increase for some Ca...